Hostile intent in public crowded spaces: A field study

EACHUS, P., STEDMON, Alex and BAILLIE, L (2012). Hostile intent in public crowded spaces: A field study. Applied Ergonomics.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.05.009

Abstract

Hostile reconnaissance is vital to successful terrorist activity. Individuals carrying out this activity are likely to experience raised levels of stress and this will manifest itself at biological, physiological, psychological and behavioural levels, providing an opportunity for detection. A field trial was undertaken in an ecologically valid environment measuring variables considered likely to be salient during hostile intent. The parameters examined in the field trial varied in a predictable manner and suggest that stressed individuals secrete a volatile steroid based marker that could form the basis for remote detection. Thus, overall the findings of this research provide a validated model of hostile intent that can be used by other researchers to test interventions aimed at detecting or deterring hostile intent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hostile reconnaissance; Terrorism; Detection; Deception; Pheromones
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.05.009
Depositing User: Alex Stedmon
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 16:49
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2013 16:51
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6911

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